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  • BOSTON— Urban planners have long considered public transportation the best remedy for traffic congestion, but many of the nation's largest mass-transit systems simply aren't up to the task. Consider Boston, where the oldest American subway system began operating in 1897. During a winter of record-setting snow, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation...

  • At 4:35 a.m. each weekday, Stan Paul drives out of his Southern California suburb with 10 passengers in a van, headed to his job as an undergraduate counselor at the University of California, Los Angeles. On the return trip, Los Angeles' infamously snarled traffic often stretches their afternoon commute to three hours. "If we don't change, in 2045, the...

  • Total debt: Fiscal year 2015 debt service is $56 million, representing 6.6 percent of BART's operating budget. Funding sources: Fares, a 75 percent share of a half-cent sales tax in San Francisco, Alameda and Contra Costa counties, and a dedicated property tax assessment in those counties. Age of system: The Chicago Transit Authority began full operations on Oct. 1,...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Travelers easily whiz from city to city on high-speed trains in many parts of South America, Asia and Europe. Since the first high-speed lines began operating more than 50 years ago in Japan, they have become an essential part of transportation worldwide. "The challenge in America is the scale of America," said Robert Eckels, chief executive of the...

  • June 25- Scranton, Pennsylvania, Mayor William Courtright said on Thursday the state should take over the city's pension system after a report found problems with past benefit awards in one of the funds. Courtright, a Democrat, said the most recent report was a "wakeup call" and that he will ask for the support of Governor Tom Wolf in moving all of the funds to the...

  • California University wants to buy back on-campus dorms Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 4:52 PM ET

    CALIFORNIA, Pa.— A state-owned university wants to buy back its on-campus housing in an effort to reduce room costs. Officials said Wednesday that the California University of Pennsylvania, in southwestern Pennsylvania, has asked the State System of Higher Education to issue up to $76 million in bonds to cover outstanding debt against six dorms that hold 1,497...

  • Other legal challenges to health overhaul remain Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 11:33 AM ET

    The House argues that Congress never specifically appropriated that money, and indeed denied an administration request for it, but that the administration is paying it anyway. Health and Human Services Department: A unanimous three-judge panel of the federal appeals court in Washington rejected a conservative group's claim that Congress imposed new...

  • HARRISBURG, Pa.— A Pennsylvania state court on Thursday struck down a law designed to make it easier for gun owners and organizations like the National Rifle Association to challenge local firearms ordinances in court. Five Democratic legislators and the cities of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Lancaster sued to block the law, saying it was passed improperly.

  • WASHINGTON, Pa.— Police say a Pittsburgh television news crew helped keep an overdose victim alive long enough for paramedics and officers to save him— and caught the whole thing on video. WPXI-TV says cameraman Dave Clark was preparing for news segment with reporter Cara Sapida on Wednesday in Washington, Pennsylvania, when Clark saw the man slumped over in a...

  • NEW YORK— On a trip to Maine with four friends, Alexander Culbertson racked up $1,300 on gas, hotel rooms, food and drinks. "It would have been a nightmare for all of us to evenly split every transaction," says Culbertson, 26, a Boston advertising executive. For Dan Callahan, 22, a digital marketing manager in Philadelphia, using Venmo means avoiding the awkward...

  • SHANKSVILLE, Pa.— A $26 million visitors center complex at the Flight 93 National Memorial will be dedicated and open to the public Sept. 10, a day before the 14th anniversary of the terror attacks. The new center near Shanksville, about 75 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, consists of two buildings, a 4,700- square-foot learning center that will play host to...

  • Newspaper: Health system bans sales over media coverage Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 6:08 PM ET

    At least three hospitals in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center system have said they will no longer carry it, the Post-Gazette said. UPMC, in an internal note that went out Wednesday, accused the Post-Gazette of treating the medical system unfairly. But it did say it cannot support the Post-Gazette through advertising or subscriptions.

  • WASHINGTON, June 24- U.S. commuter and freight railroads may be forced to suspend service or face daily fines beginning Jan. 1, unless Congress extends its year-end deadline for implementing new safety technology, lawmakers were told on Wednesday. The National Transportation Safety Board estimated that more than 245 people have died and 4,260 have been...

  • NEW YORK, June 24- When U.S. companies go bust, bankruptcy laws ensure workers are among the first to get paid. A federal appeals court in Philadelphia last month endorsed an agreement among stakeholders of Jevic Transportation Inc to toss the trucking company's bankruptcy case out of court before a formal Chapter 11 exit plan was approved.

  • At rural South Carolina flag factory, sadness and pride Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 12:22 PM ET

    Mitchum, 60, is one of more than 100 employees at Valley Forge's South Carolina factory, located about 65 miles north of Charleston on a rural back road among cotton and corn fields. There was little sign of the landmark change that had occurred outside on Tuesday, beyond the listing chain link fence, in boardrooms of some of America's largest flag manufacturers,...

  • Railroad regulator vows to enforce Dec. 31 safety deadline Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 12:21 PM ET

    Sarah Feinberg, acting chief of the Federal Railroad Administration, told a House subcommittee that she sympathizes with railroad officials who have said they are unlikely to meet the congressionally mandated deadline. But Feinberg said that unless Congress acts to extend the deadline, she has no choice but to require railroads to install a technology...

  • New era in police recruitment: courting hearts and minds Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 11:48 AM ET

    But most of all, cognizant of the recent turmoil over officer-involved deaths in Ferguson, Missouri, Baltimore and elsewhere, America's police chiefs are looking for compassionate men and women who are in the field to do good. Take Victor Ransom, whose first assignment as an officer in Jersey City, New Jersey, is bringing him to familiar territory: his own...

  • WASHINGTON, June 24- U.S. railroads that fail to implement a safety technology system known as positive train control, or PTC, will face federal fines beginning Jan. 1, the top federal railroad regulator said on Wednesday. Sarah Feinberg, acting administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, told a House of Representatives oversight panel that the fines...

  • Retirees deciding whether new lifestyle will include pets Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 10:46 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Denise and John Stevens have had pets their whole lives— then they retired. We like the freedom from worrying about her, " Denise Stevens, 63, said of the Long Island, New York, couple whose Jack Russell terrier died last year. A nonprofit program in Colorado helps low-income elderly and disabled people in Larimer County keep their pets as long as possible.

  • The PATCO Speedline between suburban New Jersey and downtown Philadelphia has resumed operations after a storm-related power outage halted service for the morning rush hour. PATCO trains typically run every 3-5 minutes from downtown Philadelphia during rush hour. Service remains suspended on SEPTA's Media/ Elwyn regional rail line and between Radnor...